Google ''Not Ready'' to Release Honeycomb Code

Google's Android OS is open by nature. The company puts the source code out there and allows third parties to use it in whatever devices tickle their fancy. However, despite the openness of Android, Google is holding off on sharing the source code for the latest iteration of Android, Android 3.0, because it feels Honeycomb is not yet ready to be altered and customized for different devices.

According to BusinessWeek, the delay in distribution is ‘for the forseeable future,’ and Android Chief Andy Rubin refused to give a time frame of when we can expect the source code to be made public. Rubin says the Android team is working hard to make Honeycomb work on devices other than tablets and explained that this was something that was sacrificed in the rush to get Honeycomb ready on time.

"To make our schedule to ship the tablet, we made some design tradeoffs," says Andy Rubin, "We didn't want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones. It would have required a lot of additional resources and extended our schedule beyond what we thought was reasonable. So we took a shortcut."

Rubin goes on to say that releasing the code now would mean developers would put it on phones and the end result would be a really bad user experience.” “We have no idea if it will even work on phones," BusinessWeek cites Rubin as saying.

Fingers crossed they release it soon. Google often makes the source code available to device manufacturers a little bit earlier, so HTC, Motorola, and a few others already have access to it, but we can't wait to see what wild world of Android developers will do with it. Fingers crossed Google releases it soon so smaller companies and developers can really take a crack at it.

  • sabot00
    But can it play Crysis?
  • sabot00 FFS really!
    sabot00But can it play Crysis?uber fail.

    Anyway, I bet that they're waiting until Honeycomb reaches the mobile market, which according to wikipedia, will be this summer. That is, Q3 2011.
  • @sabot00

  • They're just trying to get Honeycomb worked back into Android instead of releasing a separate tablet specific OS which would cause more confusion.

    Not a big deal despite what some would like us to believe.
  • RodolfoKSP
    “We have no idea if it will even work on phones," yes you have, on the HTC HD2
  • jhansonxi
    sabot00But can it play Crysis?If it supports Wine then it can (if the hardware is fast enough).
  • Android isn't as free(libre) and open as Linux was meant to be, but OTOH, it's a helluva lot more free and open than Windows or OSX ever will be. So, credit where credit is due, Google is a much better company than MS or Apple.
  • scrumworks
    This is open source by Google.
  • nebun
    google is becoming greedy :( so sad